Meet MJ - My Interview with the rising IMG Model

By: Valeria Ramos

MJ Butterly is a model whose features are just as classic as they are versatile. One look at her portfolio and you'll understand what I mean by that. Represented by IMG, MJ has graced the pages of magazines like TeenVogue, Elle and Marie Claire. She's also starred in shoots for Alice + Olvia, Urban Outfitters and more. 

In order to get to know more about the rising 18 year old model, I talked to MJ about her favorite modeling job yet, the best travel destination she has visited, her wardrobe must-haves, and more.

Photos courtesy IMG

What is the best part of your job?
By far the best part of my job is where I get to travel to. Being with an international agency like IMG has given me so many opportunities to travel to Europe, Australia and Japan. Working in different countries has opened my eyes to so many different cultures in ways that wouldn' be possible if I were just a tourist. 

What is the most challenging part of your job?
Having to put myself out into the world and pushing myself to meet new people. I'm naturally shy and a wallflower at times. Being in this industry is helping me change that. 

Do you have a favorite shoot or project that you have worked on?
Yes! I did a beauty shoot for Teen Vogue and the concept was "Cat eyes." I was totally unaware until I arrived that they had actual kittens on set for us to work with! The kittens were rescues that were up for adoption from PetRescue in Larchmont, NY. After the photo shoot I did a short video for PetRescue telling people to "Adopt and not Shop." It was the best day!


What has your experience at IMG been like?
It's such an incredible experience to be a part of not just an agency but a whole international community of people who want each other to succeed. 

What are some of your hobbies and interests?
I'm really into going to the gym and staying active! I'm lucky that my job encourages a healthy lifestyle because that is something that should always be a priority. I love to try new restaurants and cuisines with my friends. I also do online college part time at Saint Leo University Online Learning Program. I like doing makeup for fun as well!


If you could do a photo-shoot with any other model who would it be and why?
Stella Maxwell. She seems like such a chill person and I love her diverse body of work. I also think we would have complementing looks in photographs. 

What are 3 of your wardrobe essentials?
Leather jacket, good fitting high rise jeans and comfortable but stylish sneakers.

What is your favorite travel destination and why?
Caraiva, Brazil. It's very rare to be somewhere and to truly escape. The whole area has sandy streets, zero cars and no cell phone reception. 

What are some of your goals for 2017?
I want to walk in Fashion Week again and do even more traveling! I'm hoping for Paris soon, finger's crossed!

To see more of MJ's work, you can check out her IMG Profile and her Instagram
A special thanks to MJ and Lorraine at IMG.